Monday, December 15, 2008

Bkt Antarabangsa Sunday 14Nov 2008

Foremost, I would like to highlight a point or two: this posting and any related to it, are not meant to capture the scene of the tragedy, rather, another perspective of the site other than the mainstream media.

Another is that, the mainstream media would only showcase the 'heroic' acts of the Sarkas while rarely or never ever, show the unselfish assistance of the common people, most especially those from the Pakatan Rakyat. An example of how a Sarkas goon was trying to hog the limelight for herself was printed in The Star today.

While visiting the relief and support center, the lady noticed many PAS Muslimat and PKR Women assisting the Red Crescent (PBSM) there. She immediately directed those from PAS and PKR to be sent away. But a PBSM officer told her bluntly "There ladies have been assisting us here since Day1 without any fanfare from the media. Had it not been for them, we could not have managed by ourselves!".

Sincere Assitance.
The members of Unit AMAL were on hand from Day1, providing what assistance they can to the victims, stranded residents as well as authorities. When Wak and I began our coverage, none of them knew we were coming. Nor were they expecting anyone to cover their story.

In an area smaller than Petaling Jaya, AMAL was as elusive as perhaps, the Yeti - we simply could not find them on the first 2 days we were there! Operating without communication equipment except for handphones, we finally managed to find one AMAL unit on the morning of the 3rd day. But by then, Wak and I had to split where Wak made coverage of B Doc Lo'Lo' while I took shots of the AMAL unit in Impiana Selatan Apartment blocks.

Top left: Residents of Bkt A'bangsa in a jovial mood.
Top right: An Amal member (l) with an apartment owner.

Bottom left: A friend of an owner lending his hand.
Bottom right: The owners driving off perhaps, for the last time.

AMAL members in the midst of moving the belonging of an apartment unit.
Bottom left: Whle the truck provided free by MPAJ is equiped with automatic lift platform,
the furniture and other belonging still needed manual labour
which was provided by these AMAL members.

Soon, if not already, the apartment blocks will be left empty, left as a desolate monument
of a tragedy
that could have been avoided.
No amount of money or valuable possession such as the (abandoned?) sports car (bottom left),
can equal the treasure of a human life.

The only true possession a Muslim has are: A pious son, sadaqa,
and good knowledge imparted towards the betterment of others.

Road Closure.

Rain or shine, AMAL has come to the fore in many occasions, locally and abroad.
They were there during the Johor Floods, Kampung Berembang,
Kampung Rimba Jaya, and a host of places.
Off course, they were also there during the 10-11 BERSIH March.

Internationally, many of them have been to Acheh, Mindanao, Thailand, Pakistan,
and several more, assiting the citizens with what they could.

YB Doc Lo'Lo', was a difficult subject to capture on camera; everytime I tried,
she would be face another direction at the last minute. Either that, or the lighting were bad.

Limping from the apartment block up the hill towards the tent,
I was caught unaware when she she said
"Why didn't you call AMAL (to assist you)?"
But, what a lady.

Due to confusion in communication, many people were left stranded on the hill
when the authorities closed the only road available for the above reason.

While many understood and relented, a few bickered with the security personnel
for blocking their road and even hurled abusive words at them.
Someone then came up with a bright idea to use AMAL's whiteboard to convey
the message of road closure.

Bottom right: Asri(l) and Farhan - the good Doc's assistant and son respectively
- helping to carry supplies to LKKPP's tent.

During the heavy downpour on that day, many had to huddle in this small tent which lay some 200meters from the landslide path. It was also where LKKPP and Unit AMAL used to distribute food.
Top right: Unit AMAL members performing the Zohor prayers within a small confine.

Soon after performing Zohor prays, only then did they have their lunch.

Shamsul of LKKPP beside the AMAL whiteboard which had another use later.

The Man of the Day! Nik Shahrul was a very busy man throughout the days on and after the tragedy.
He however accredited OCPD Ampang, Tuan Khalid (if I am not mistaken of the name),
for allowing him to assist.

To many people I met and spoke, the tragedy here is not in the event itself. Rather, the development of a hill which is largely made of soft earth. That, is beside the fact that the whole area is a water catchment area.

Due to the road closure, I did not get the chance to take any pictures of the volunteers at the support center.


Eskapisminda said...

Another good coverage :). patutnya sapa buat kerja dia lah patut dapat nama kan tapi bolehland lain ceritanya... (benci pengambil kesempatan!)

cakapaje said...

Salam Intan,

Begitulah ceritanya mereka yang tidak ikhlas dalam menabur budi kepada rakyat.

hegira said...

erm. mana penguasa dulu yang sibuk memerintah tak ingat dunia? sekarang ini duduk menikus? bukit cerakah itu tunggu masa saja, kan? harapnya tidak. doa pun tidak. tapi projek siap?

maaf abg shah. teremosi pulak. tapi sangat geram.

kami pandang dari jauh saja sebab balik kampung.

cakapaje said...

Salam Alina,

Teremosi, tak mengapa. Ramai yang begitu kerana perkara sebegini tidak patut berlaku. Si toyol dan gang, kini cuba menyalahkan kerajaan negeri yang baru sedangkan sewaktu mereka memerintah dahulu lagi banyak tanah runtuh dan nyawa terkorban.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

whoaa...bnyk cite sini, and i missed most of it.

shah, my cousin was there for a few days manning the road block. this is a first hand story because he saaw it with his 2 eyes; the goons were there in numbers but most of them can be seen under their tent taking shades!

they are there solely for their political mileage. buat semak je, bikin jalan jam.

rerama salju said...

Tq n Syabas CA,
for the first hand update!Hanya Allah saja yang membalas budi kalian semua....

acciaccatura said...

sepatutnya begitu pun shah, buat kebaikan tu umpama kita tak mahu orang lain tahu keburukan kita jugak.
macam tu lebih mudah nak bersifat jujur dan ikhlas. semoga mereka mendapat ganjaranNYA nanti.terima kasih shah kerana melapurkan.

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Bro, not just those goons, but their VIPs as well! At one point of time, one of their VIP insisted on going against the direction of the one-way street. Needless to say, the police had a hard time time trying to make way for the inconvenience of the public who were queuing.

cakapaje said...

Salam rs,

The thanks and syabas, should be towards the AMAL and many other volunteers there, I believe.

cakapaje said...

Salam Accia,

InsyAllah. Terima kasih kepada AMAL dan mereka yang menabur bakti di sana.